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Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

503 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 40
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: denver10 on 10-31-2012)
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Photo of hiphopj5
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

hiphopj5, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Zbrown2307
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Zbrown2307, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +0.8%

nmann08, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Inky black color with a large tan head that had excellant retention. The head settles to a very thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass. A very good looking stout.

Smell is mostly coffee with a mild hint of chocolate buried deep underneath. Also a touch of roasted malt. Overall the aroma is a bit mild.

Plenty of complexity in the flavor. Coffee is the dominating factor with bitter, unsweetened chocolate playing a much lesser role. Nice roasted malt qualities as well with just a faintest hint of smoke in the finish. Just the slightes hint of alcohol.

Moderate heft to the body. Supremely carbonated however. Just a smooth, creamy texture that compliments the other qualities of the beer.

This is a good coffee stout. The chocolate did not play that large a role, at least not one I was led to believe by the label. There are many better value coffee stouts on the shelves so this will not rank high on a repurchase list.

morimech, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of mhbarber
3/5  rDev -24.4%

mhbarber, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Let's do this. Didn't see this coming off the LoF series.

Pours black with a fine mocha central dome and rim. Smells of cocoa, milk chocolate, light roasted coffee and some oats. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, some biscuit and fudge brownies, but not sweet. A bit of oatmeal as well. Medium bodied with moderated carb and an off dry, a little too dry finish. This is a lighter take on the triad of coffee, chocolate and stout, and decent. It should be a one off for certain.

harrymel, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer is grossly underrated on here, and i can only hope that time will do justice to this, because this beer is da bomb! pours an impenetratable black color, with a lively chalky tan head a few inches high. it eventually relaxes. the nose is big time espresso, almost nothing else can be smelled, and its hard to tell if this is a cup of cold coffee or a beer. the flavor is much more than that, although i have to admit, this is the most coffee forward beer ive tasted, so much fresh brewed java in this baby its insane. roasty malts, oatmeal possibly, and raw dark chocolate round it out. i love that there is no acidity at all to this, despite the heavy dose of joe. its smooth and drinkable, and the 9% abv doesnt ever influence the flavor. its got such a roast, such a wintery warming quality. chocolate is super subtle, but important as a component. smooth feel, light carbonation, a little delicate really, and its not weighty as a drinker, it works. this beer will end up with much higher ratings here on BA as more sophisticated palates get on this. high honor roll stuff!

StonedTrippin, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of SalukiAlum
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

SalukiAlum, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

oriolesfan4, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of PhatAtUT
4/5  rDev +0.8%

PhatAtUT, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Brewforia Beer Market Meridian ID. Served in a snifter...

A: Very dark body, certainly an impressive SRM, can't see anything through it. Almost no head, dark tan lace settles into a nice ring...alcohol feet visible on this one.

S: Complementary coffee and chocolate notes, freshly roasted & ground coffee, touch of astringent smoke. Grainy malt base.

T: Taste follows, with the impression of more creamy chocolate notes, but as it warms the roasted black coffee notes take over. Suggestions of mocha and cocoa but the coffee is most prominent here, with more astringent bitterness.

MF: Thinner medium body, still with some creamy tones and light alcohol notes.

O: Starts with more promise than it finishes with, its good but not great...alcohol is pretty well hidden, but I'd like more chocolate notes to complement the coffee.

Scotchboy, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of johnnyboy76
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

johnnyboy76, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

duceswild, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of justinlaz
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

justinlaz, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of ThisSpaceForRent
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

ThisSpaceForRent, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours like a very lightweight motor oil, black body with a light brown three-finger rocky looking head with awesome retention. Clumpy/patchy lacing.

S - Smells like...you guessed it, coffee! Espresso roast to be precise. Not getting a lot else.

T - Ever had chocolate covered espresso beans from Starbucks? That's what this beer tastes like, to a "T". Chocolate is of the dark/bittersweet variety. Just the slightest hint of ash/char in the finish, but otherwise coffee and chocolate is what your getting. Not much else going on, but the flavor is sublime. 9% ABV nowhere to be found.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, with a nice silky feel. Finishes quite dry. Much thinner that other Imperials, but works well with the big coffee taste in my opinion.

O - Maybe I'm just a coffee nut, but I really like this brew. Not very complex, but there's something to be had for getting to drink a liquid version of a Starbucks treat. Not sure why the low scores from other reviewers, as this beer delivers exactly what's advertised. (Ok, maybe not the "Imperial" part as we have come to know it, but it IS 9%) Buying again. Maybe this weekend.

TempeBeerMan, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of n2185
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with three fingers of tan head that fades into a thin cap with a solid sheet of lacing.

S: Roasted malts with lots of rich, robust coffee notes. Not much else going on here, but as a coffee junkie I still enjoy it.

T: Roasted malts and huge robust coffee flavors here as well. Underneath are some bitter chocolate notes with a slightly bitter, charred finish.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is a bit lighter and more carbonated than I expected. It works, though I tend to prefer a smoother, creamier body in my stouts.

O: A good coffee stout, overall. Not terribly complex, but full of nice coffee notes and enjoyable.

n2185, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of ocelot2500
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ebony color with a tight, mocha heae that leaves a bit of lacing.

Smells of coffee mostly with some slight sweetness.

Tastes of the roasted notes mostly with a bit of sweetness. Coffee and cocoa come through first with a bit of toasted marshmallow. Slight bit of brown sugar ends it with a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is pretty good, but isn't anything special in a style where there are already so many standouts.

ocelot2500, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick dark brown almost black. Lacing is kind of weak...

S: Coffee bitterness. That's really about it. It's a nice smell but not very complex. Maybe some vanilla in there as well.

T: Big coffee and chocolate notes. Very nice at first but then they fade to a residual bitterness which is not the most pleasing. The flavors here are little more controlled than in other coffee and chocolate beers I've had but still they hit a little dull.

M: Sits with a pretty good body. Carbonation cuts through quite a bit. Also a dull bitterness is hard to handle...

Overall a slightly above average beer. A little more control that other beers like it but still not the best.

Jamesthebrit, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into NB Globe. Appearance is deep, dark, and brown with generous cocoa colored head. No light passes through, great head retention and quite a bit of lacing. The nose is dry cocoa and bold coffee. Pretty straightforward, not a lot of depth and complexity here. The taste is more significant with sweet notes of molasses and cream followed by rich chocolate and strong coffee at the back end. This brew is very full flavored and leaves quite the chocolate coffee after taste lingering on the palate. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall, this is an enjoyable brew from NB. I believe this is one of the first stouts I have had from them (with an exception to Clutch). This is very good, but doesn't quite live up to some of its competitors (ie FBS). A solid Lips of Faith offering nonetheless.

homebrew311, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of bigaltemple
2.83/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pitch black in color. Thick, frothy, mocha-colored head rests on top of this one. Definitely good retention, supplying plenty of thick patchy lacing.

S - Extremely mild aroma. Basically comes across as a cup of black coffee that has sat out all morning. Almost no trace of chocolate. Nothing exciting about this one.

T/M - Not much more going on in the taste. I do pick up some roasted malts mixed with the black coffee. Seems very thin with way too much carbonation. Finishes very ashy and dry.

O - Thought it was a weird price point, as the LoF Series beers usually start in the $8-9 range. Then I opened this one and was given reason. Definite disappointment. Can't defend New Belgium on this one.

bigaltemple, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of ATXRyan
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

ATXRyan, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of jonbeer89
2.88/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. Served at roughly 55 degrees.

Appearance: Pours a nice mocha head. Great retention. The color of the beer itself was a very dark brown to black. Great color.

Smell: Dark-roasted coffee and hints of the cocoa nibs are in your face. There's a slightl lighter sweet malt behind it. Hops are definitely the last thing on this beers mind.

Taste: This malty imperial stout is spiced with fair trade cocoa nibs after fermentation for nice chocolate flavor, and the coffee brings a pick-me-up zing for a full bodied and bold addition to the Lips of Faith Series. The beer still lacks what a great imperial coffee stout should possess. The term "Imperial Stout" should be used lightly with this beer. Little too sweet for my liking.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was intense in terms of carbonation. It almost stings the mouth. Definitely pick up on the residual dryness.

Overall: I would drink the beer again, but not by choice.

Serving type: bottle

jonbeer89, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of fountainofyouth
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a rocket into a standard pint glass. I'm probably serving it colder than I'm supposed to.

Appearance: Pours a pretty impressively large light-brown head. Very good retention. As I expected, the body color is just a black wall of beer. I don't know if I've seen a more impenetrable beer.

Smell: Dark-roasted coffee grinds are right out front and music to my nose. There's some slightly lighter sweet malt behind it. Not much room for hops.

Taste: The depth of taste is not quite as intense as I imagined it would be -- it's not really "imperial." The coffee grinds are perceptible but don't dominate. Sweetish malty backing is there, but light. Balanced overall, without the need for or presence of hops. The alcohol is well-hidden in taste but the warmth is palpable on the way down. I have to really reach to find anything cocoa-y. (No, wait -- is that some milk chocolate I taste up front? Can't tell.) There is also definitely some black barley, contributing a near-ashy taste.

Mouthfeel: The first thing I noticed was the carbonation, which kind of stings my sensitive mouth. The body is fairly heavy, as one would expect. Only a little bit of residual dryness in the back.

Overall: Not worth the 55 cents per ounce I paid, but a good beer.

fountainofyouth, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of TheRealBigC
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was hoping for a little more from this one. The coffee and chocolate flavors are there - I could definitely get a good taste of dark chocolate in each sip - but overall it was pretty average. Young's Double Chocolate Stout packs more flavor and it's not nearly as strong. With this one the higher ABV doesn't seem warranted.

TheRealBigC, Nov 02, 2012
Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.